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Illinois, Sousa and the Birth of School Bands

The Illinois Alumni Association, University Library, the College of Fine and Applied Arts and the Spurlock Museum invite you to a presentation by Scott Schwartz of the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, and Barry Houser, director of the Marching Illini.

The two will share how John Philip Sousa and the University of Illinois became catalysts for the creation of university and school bands across the country. The presentation will feature preserved materials, instruments and performances from the late 19th century to the present, featuring historic instruments. Schwartz and Houser will describe how they work to ensure preservation of and access to the music and artifacts.

Dr. Elizabeth Sutton, director of the Spurlock Museum, will kick off the evening with a discussion of the importance of access to and preservation of cultural artifacts.

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

5:30 p.m.– 7:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. program

Hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and soft drinks will be served.

Alice Campbell Alumni Center
601 South Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, Illinois

Parking is available and free at 5:00 p.m. in Lot D22.

Cost: $15 per person – Register here

Space will be limited, so be sure to register soon.

Please register by: Nov. 5, 2019

Please contact Gale Bickel (217-333-9830) or  with questions.

Hosted by: Illinois Alumni Association